Maryland Smith’s Rachel Yu ’21, a graduating senior majoring in information systems and government and politics, was selected as one of the University of Maryland’s “Undergraduate Researchers of the Year” for 2021.
Yu was honored with a $1,000 award and a plaque from the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
“I'm incredibly grateful for all of the support and encouragement that I've received during my time at Maryland,” said Yu. “I've always been passionate about learning and pushing our understanding of political science and the world around us. For me, this award is an encouragement; I still have a lot of room for growth and questions to explore, and I hope that my future research experiences will continue to help me become a scholar dedicated to serving others.”
After graduation, Yu will pursue a PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego. She plans to continue researching and teaching in the future.
Yu was one of seven undergraduates recognized during Undergraduate Research Day, this year held virtually from April 26 through April 30, to showcase current research, scholarship and artistic endeavors of undergraduate students at the University of Maryland.